Enzo Fernandez and Benfica send clear message to Chelsea

Chelsea had made Enzo Fernandez one of their top targets following his performances for Argentina at the World Cup, but Benfica have stood firm in their refusal to sell the midfielder.

Chelsea had made a bid to sign the Benfica’s rising star earlier in the window, but the Argentine appears to have emphasized his position with the club for the foreseeable future when he appeared to tap the Benfica badge after his goal against Varzim last night.

Benfica have been reluctant to part with the midfielder who was awarded the Best Young Player award at the just concluded World Cup.

“I’m happy with them. Enzo also came back, he was at a good level and scored an important goal. Overall, the team did well and every player counts for me,” the Benfica manager said.

“I never doubted Enzo’s attitude or personality, he is a great person and loves playing for Benfica. His return was very important and now he can focus again on just playing football. It was an excellent ending (the goal) to this game”.

“After Christmas, in Braga, we didn’t do very well but we already had a good reaction in the game with Portimonense and today too. We’ve had some ups and downs, that’s part of the season and we have to accept that”.

“But the team has consistently been at the highest level. Today was a tough game, a real Cup game. We suffered a little at the beginning of the second half, but we deserved to win and we are happy to be in the quarter-finals.”

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